Military Operations Protection Act

Bill targets wind turbines

July 03, 2016

Wind turbine rotor hub

HAVELOCK | Cherry Point stands to benefit from new legislation that could regulate the placement of wind turbines in military training areas.

House Bill 763, the Military Operations Protection Act of 2016, which would affect where wind turbines and other tall structures are located around military bases, passed the N.C. Senate last week and is now in committee in the N.C. House.

The bill would modify the permitting process for construction of tall buildings and structures and give a new entity, the N.C. Sentinel Land Committee, oversight and responsibility for consideration and review of plans to erect such structures near military facilities like Cherry Point.

Jamie Norment, who represents the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow lobby group, said the law would prevent wind turbines from encroaching on the base or military training areas.